Thursday, September 13, 2012

80-Page Thursdays: Dark Horse Presents #4!

Over the last few months, I've been buying new issues of Dark Horse Presents and marked-down copies of the first few: right now, I think I'm missing #6, so we'll take a quick gander at Dark Horse Presents #4, with stories by Steve Niles, Evan Dorkin, Howard Chaykin, and more; and art by Jill Thompson, Carla Speed McNeil, Ricardo Delgado, and more.

While the serials "Number 13," "Rotten Apple," and "Doc Mendonca and Pizzaboy" didn't grab me; I warmed a bit more to "Criminal Macabre" this time around. "Finder" and "Beasts of Burden" both continue to entertain, and I was curious to see where "Resident Alien" goes: a stranded alien lives in seclusion, disguised as a doctor; but he gets pulled into a police investigation when the town's coroner is murdered...

There's also two one-shot shorts: an "Age of Reptiles" dinosaur story, and "The Protest," about a young boy's childhood in Iran, 1978. Even if you don't know the historical background there, it gets you up to speed quickly, and a lot of the story is going to be common to most kids growing up. DHP so far has been up and down, and this one is definitely up.

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